Sanmati PandeFounder & CEO of Gymtrekker Published On: Thursday, February 25, 2016 Views 3004


"The problem with opportunity is it is always disguised as hard work."

Sanmati Pande is an enterprising person with a decade of experience. He is a CPA(Australia), Chartered Accountant &MBA (full-time) in finance from NMIMS & Chartered Management Accountant-London. He has an expertise in the field of Corporate /Trade Finance & Treasury, building, leading, and advising corporations through complex restructurings, international expansion, capital market transaction, and Cash management. He is an excellent leader with a record of accomplishment of documented contributions leading to improved financial performance, heightened productivity, and enhanced internal controls.

He founded Gymtrekker to capture the growing fitness market in India. It is an online one-stop portal for all Health & Fitness Solutions. It is a fitness discovery platform, which provides a single click access to comprehensive and authentic data on any fitness centre around you.

Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.

Gymtrekker is an online one-stop shop for health & fitness solutions that provides single click access to any fitness centers in your vicinity

What inspired you to build the above product/ service?

Wanted to create a fitness discovery platform that provides single click access to authentic & comprehensive information of any fitness centre’s around you

What is your life mantra?

We live by our tagline: work hard, play harder and Train Hardest.

What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?

To understand the entire value chain of the fitness industry by personally meeting gym owners, trainers and customers and understanding the pain points of the industry

How did you overcome those challenges?

Team gymtrekker conceptualised the idea of multiple tenure membership deals by providing weekly, monthly, quarterly deals at discounted prices on the go.

Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.

We have a great team of founders and strategic investors like Manisha Gupta Editor ET Now, Dewang Narella: MD Atom technologies & Roopak Taneja: Consultant at Reckit Benkiser Middle East. Recently Talwalkars India’s biggest fitness chain acquired a minority stake in the company.

How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?

Every domain has a founder head I.e strategy, business development, IT, and marketing and have a complete process for training employees and rewarding them for achieving their targets on a monthly basis. In addition, we have brainstorming session on weekend with employees to get the best out of them

According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?

Passion, perseverance & discipline

Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?

Social media, Google Adwords, health & fitness blogs and SEO

Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.

Ability to do multitasking which is prerequisite to work in any startup

Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.

Make others responsible for their work and delegate work instead of doing all things by yourself

Answer in less than 50 words

  • One tip to success:

Don’t wait for right decisions. Take a decision and make them right.

  • One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:

Don’t wait for an opportunity. If opportunity doesn’t knock build a door.

  • One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:

It is never an I job it is always a We job.

What are your plans for next 3 years?

To become the biggest online portal for Health & Fitness and create a community platform for all fitness lovers and inculcate the habit of healthy living in our country.

If you get a chance to start your career, again what would you do differently this time?

I would never do a job and would start my venture as soon as I pass out of college

What are your top three getaway destinations?

Paris, British Virgin Islands & Dubai

Share a quote that inspires you the most.

“The problem with opportunity is it is always disguised as hard work.”

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